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Ballon d'Or 2018: Ronaldo, Courtois nominated but De Gea misses out

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Rita Gibson | 10 October, 2018, 08:41

But a combination of apparent voter fatigue, Croatia's fairytale run, and recent rape allegations against the Portuguese star have lessened his chances with the bookies, with Modric, who captured the rival FIFA Best Player award last month, now considered the odds-on favorite.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, won last year's Ballon d'Or and is again a contender.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in contention to retain the Ballon d'Or for the third successive year after being named on the 30-man shortlist.

No French player made it into FIFA's top three with Modric joined by Ronaldo and Mo Salah and Antoine Griezmann was baffled by that fact saying at the time, "It's a prize from Federation Internationale de Football Association and it seems a pity that no World Cup winners were nominated." .

For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.

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Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Frenchman Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani completes the five-man list.

De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.

The Ballon d'Or is considered the most coveted personal accolade a player can achieve and this year's awards ceremony will take place in Paris on December 3.

Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.

Teenage sensation Mbappe scored four goals in Paris Saint-Germain's 5-0 win over Olympique Lyon, taking his Ligue 1 tally for the campaign to eight strikes.

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